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Last week, the Hartford (USA) announced that it was refocusing its business strategy. The immediate impact of this change was to place its annuity business into runoff, and to initiate a search for a buyer (or strategic alternative if a buyer cannot be found) of its Individual Life, Woodbury Financial Services and Retirement Plans. In […]

Mar 26th, 2012 | Filed under Insurance

Getting back to December 2008, I wrote a blog post mentioning that Solvency II was under threat and that we could expect some more delays of its effective implementation. Last week the FSA in the UK announced that it is likely that the effective date of the new regulation implementation will have to be delayed […]

Oct 10th, 2011 | Filed under Insurance, Regulation

Yesterday’s announcement by IBM, to acquire Algorithmics demonstrates the trend towards more concentration on the risk management vendor market. Algorithmics has been a successful IT vendor for many years taking advantage of new regulations such as Basel II and Solvency II to gain traction within the financial industry and IBM remains an IT infrastructure and […]

Sep 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Insurance

The much feared UK emergency budget speech was made yesterday, and amongst a raft of changes impacting every corner of the British society was an increase in the tax on insurance purchases. The rate is to increase to 6%. A new peculiarity to this system is that tax on insurance sales will rise to 17.5% […]

Jun 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Insurance, Regulation, Vendors

Since the publication of my Solvency II report in April 2008, there have been a lot of discussions around the new set of prudential regulation currently in implementation in Europe. For instance there is a wave of criticism coming from France notably from major players on the market. According to Groupama, a few internationally diversified […]

Jan 25th, 2010 | Filed under Market Trends, Regulation

It is at this time of the year that Celent conducts its famous surveys providing useful insights about insurers preoccupations, priorities and plans for the coming year. This year we have decided to apply the same usual method for the United States market. In other words, our readers will be able to access our famous […]

Dec 17th, 2009 | Filed under Insurance

In April 2008, Celent published a report about the new regulatory approach for insurers and reinsurers operating in the European Union called Solvency II. Surprisingly or not, the draft text submitted to and approved in the beginning of December by the European Council of Economic and Finance Ministers (ECOFIN) does not contain the group supervision […]

Dec 26th, 2008 | Filed under Market Trends, Regulation